News Briefs for July 15
News Briefs for July 15

Compiled by Jim Nieman and Chris Moon

IDES will host a free webinar at noon July 22 for church leaders dealing with the reopening of their churches in the middle of this pandemic. The webinar will feature executive director Rick Jett along with IDES’s counseling experts, Drs. Paul Boatman, Tom Ewald, and Dawn Zywiec. The participants will share tools to help church leaders deal with the complexities related to reopening. Click here to learn more and to register for the one-hour event.

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Alums of Boise Bible College continue to share stories of their life experiences before, during, and after their years at the school, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Some of the more recent recollections were shared by the Farnsworth family, Albert Francis Cinnamon, Andy Morris, Henry Webb, Derek and Pam Helt, and Delbert Durfee.

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The 2020 Stone-Campbell Journal Conference, originally scheduled for this spring and then rescheduled for Sept. 11 and 12 at Johnson University in Knoxville, Tenn., is now switching to a virtual format. JU will help facilitate the conference via Zoom. The theme (“Politics and the Stone-Campbell Movement”) and the main speakers (Shaun Casey, Jess Hale, and Richard Cherok) remain the same. Learn more at the SCJ website or via this news release.

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GNPI (Good News Productions International) shares a new Faith > Fear podcast every Monday and Wednesday. The podcast seeks “to learn how people with all kinds of perspectives are coping through quarantine, social distancing, and COVID-19, and beyond.” Among those recently interviewed: Matt Brock, regional vice president with Christian Financial Resources; Jordan Howerton, worship leader with Christ’s Church of the Valley in Phoenix; and Hatem, an Egyptian-American who founded Behind the Scene International (a video production company that uses media to spread the gospel).

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Ozark Christian College, Joplin, Mo., has announced preliminary information on its next Preaching-Teaching Convention scheduled for Feb. 22-24. The theme will be “Still True.” Featured speakers will include Bob Russell, Randy and Julie Gariss, Aaron Brockett, Shane J. Wood, Jason Poznich, and Lito Solorio. Learn more at occ.edu.

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Mark Scott, director of the preaching program at Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Mo., will lead a four-day learning retreat exploring the Gospels from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1 at Eagle Rock Retreat Center in Maryville, Ind. The target audience is church staff who are lifelong learners or who need further biblical/theological training to more effectively minister (though lay leaders who long to go deeper will also benefit). This is one in a series of initiatives being planned by Jody Owens, professor of Bible and spiritual formation at Johnson University Tennessee in Knoxville. Cost is $500, which includes the course, materials, lodging, and meals. Go to www.jodylowens.com to learn more and to register.

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Central Christian College of the Bible, Moberly, Mo., will host the Shine Women’s Conference on Oct. 1. Shine is a time for women to grow in their faith. The theme is “Living Beyond.” The featured speaker will be Erin Hawley, a wife, mom, and lawyer. Learn more here.

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Bill Thompson, 59, who wrote the article “Challenges to Higher Education in Independent Christian Churches” for our August 2019 issue, died July 7 after a long battle with multiple myeloma. He earned an MDiv from Cincinnati Christian University, among other advanced degrees. Funeral services were conducted Saturday at Englewood Christian Church in Jacksonville, Fla. His obituary is posted here.

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